Duck Fat Potatoes – An Updated Classic
Duck fat potatoes with fresh rosemary and salt flakes are full of flavor, a new take on roasted potatoes. Perfect for Christmas, Thanksgiving or a holiday feast.
This Duck Fat Potatoes recipe is based on a Donna Hay classic. She calls them Crispy Leaf Potatoes. It’s become a Christmas favorite at our house. A new way to enjoy flavorful roast potatoes. Duck fat is rich in flavor and adds a point of difference to your cooking. It’s commonly used in French cooking, and isn’t as unhealthy as people may think. The benefit of using Duck fat, is it’s high smoke point. It also has lower saturated fats than butter, and can be recycled to be used in other meals.
Living in Australia, I’m lucky to have fresh rosemary growing in my garden year round. Fresh herbs always taste better in recipes. If they’re not available, you could use dried rosemary, or even oregano.
Roasting Potato Tips
Check the potatoes from 30 minutes onwards, to ensure they don’t burn. If using a fan forced oven, they will crisp up faster. I use a fan forced oven for the first 30 minutes, then turned the fan off until I was happy that the potatoes were cooked.
Be generous with the rosemary and salt for flavor. The potatoes will release water when you mix it with salt. You will have to work fast to get the potatoes in the roasting pan and into the oven. Don’t add the potato water into the roasting pan. When mixing the potatoes in the bowl with the fat, separate each potato slice. This ensures each piece is coated in duck fat before you place it in the roasting pan.
It takes a bit of time to do it properly. Use a Mandolin Slicer to slice the potatoes. Cutting by hand takes too long and you can’t get uniform potato slice. But it’s worth the effort, I promise you will have delicious potatoes. Nobody likes tasteless, watery potatoes! I always like to use Russet Potatoes, as they are high in starch and low in water content.
Duck Fat Substitute for Roast Potatoes
If you don’t like duck fat or can’t find any, you can use Extra Virgin Olive Oil instead and will get a similar result. Goose Fat also works great, or even a mix of Olive Oil and Butter. Any leftover raw potatoes that you don’t use can be used in a Scalloped Potato recipe.
This is a simple recipe, Crispy Leaf Roasted Duck Fat Potatoes is sure to be a new favorite at your home, for Christmas and Thanksgiving or any time of year. Bon Appetit! Приятного аппетита!
Roasted Duck Fat Potatoes
Duck Fat Crispy Leaf Potatoes with fresh Rosemary - Full of flavor, a new take on roasted potatoes. Perfect for Christmas or a holiday feast - Crispy Leaf Roasted Duck Fat Potatoes
- 4 kg/9 pounds of potatoes peeled
- 300 g/11oz jar of duck fat
- 3 teaspoons Maldon salt flakes
- 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
- 4 teaspoons fresh rosemary chopped
Preheat oven to 200°C/400F°
Using a mandolin slicer, thinly slice the peeled potatoes lengthways.
Place the sliced potatoes in a large bowl. Using your hands, toss with duck fat, 2 teaspoons salt flakes, black pepper and about 2 teaspoons of chopped rosemary until fully coated.
Carefully place the potatoes upright, from left to right, in a baking tray, until the tray is full.
Bake for approx 1 hour, or until the potatoes are golden and crispy. Garnish with extra Maldon Salt Flakes and 2 teaspoons fresh chopped Rosemary. (Be very generous with rosemary)
TIPS: To avoid the water from releasing from the potatoes, you can leave out the salt until you are ready to garnish the recipe. However, I found that when I did this, the potatoes lacked flavour as the salt garnish wasn't enough to penetrate the entire potato dish. Be careful not to pack in the potatoes too tightly, as this impacts the crispiness and cooking time.